That Vision Thing…

Beyond question, sight is one our most precious senses. But that Vision Thing, well that calls for imagination too… Here’s a couple of examples to help illustrate the point:

~ The “Near” Field ~

The Mapparium is a three-story, stained glass globe of the world located at the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, Massachusetts. Built in 1935, the mapparium has attracted more than 10 million visitors since. The original map was based on a Rand McNally political map of 1934 and has never been updated, serving as a snapshot of both geographic and global history.

Inspired by the famous spinning globe in the lobby of the New York Daily News building, architect Chester Lindsay Churchill was commissioned to design the Mapparium. Made of 608 stained glass panels, the Mapparium was designed to allow the countries of the world to be viewed in accurate geographical relationship to each other.

A traditional globe is viewed from the outside with different parts of the globe at different distances from the eye, distorting perspective. By viewing the Earth from within, the eye is at the same distance from every point on the map. This produces an unique perspective of the globe.

Via Picture of the Day: The Stained Glass Mapparium @ TwistedSifter
and National Geographic Wallpapers

~ The “Far” Field ~

Looking up at the sky and forming images from the stars has been going on for just about as long as human life has existed, but that was only what could be seen from the Earth. Digital illustrator Chris Keegan has taken constellations to a whole new level with the use of images from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. He steps back from the images and tries to see what kind of creatures he can find, then digitally emphasizes those figures so that everyone can see them. The result is some highly unique creatures made up of celestial elements. In an interview with WIRED Keegan explained, “In one picture you can see thousands of stars and the idea of having a person or a bird taking up that sort of size was quite unusual.”

Via Cosmic Creatures Formed From NASA’s Space Images @ Visual News
and Chris Keegan Illustration

I want ice water.

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